Taylor wins Peterborough Select Board race

  • Voting in Peterborough on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Voting in Peterborough on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Voting in Peterborough on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Voting in Peterborough on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Voting in Peterborough on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Voting in Peterborough on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Voting in Peterborough on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Jack Lesser receives his sticker from Selectwoman Barbara Miller after voting in Peterborough on Tuesday Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Voting in Peterborough on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/15/2019 10:49:42 AM

Bill Taylor is the new Selectman in Peterborough, after a close contest with opponent Bill Kennedy at the polls on Tuesday.

About 27 percent of Peterborough’s registered voters turned out on Tuesday to vote for town officers, zoning amendments, and the first half of the town’s warrant articles.

Of the 1,541 residents who voted, numbers were nearly split on who should replace outgoing Selectwoman Barbara Miller. Kennedy had 716 votes to Taylor’s 776.

“This is absolutely the honor of a lifetime, and the magnitude of this job is not lost on me,” Taylor wrote in an email Monday. “One of my major goals was to get people involved and give them a voice, and I’ve done that, and I could not be prouder of it.”

Taylor said he plans to take a collaborative approach to the position.

“I also realize how close this race was, and that’s not lost on me either. Dr. Kennedy reached out to congratulate me, and I asked for his help,” Taylor wrote. “I promise everyone that the biggest push was for community, and I want to get all of us together, on the same page, and do what we need to do to keep Peterborough a wonderful place to live, work and grow.”

In other contested races, James Long, Mandy Sliver and Richard W. Clark III will be taking the three spots for Budget Committee, edging out the fourth competitor for the board, Robert Haring-Smith.

Sharon Monahan, an alternate on the Zoning Board of Adjustment, will be stepping up to a full member this year, after taking 568 votes. Richard W. Clark III, the runner-up, had 446 votes and Steven Graves had 256.

Richard W. Clark III, with 595 votes, and Judy Wilson Ferstenberg, with 630 votes, will take up the two seats on the Planning Board. This overturns the seat of incumbent Gerald Galus, who also re-ran for the position, but fell short with 443 votes. Rebecca J. Adey-Merrithew, who was making her first bid for a town political position, had 437 votes.

Andrew Brescia and Michael Strand are the newly elected members of the recreation committee, winning over third contestant Judy Wilson Ferstenberg.

Warrant articles

All articles on the warrant, including the $16.2 million budget, passed by wide margins at the polls on Tuesday.

Voters agreed to raise $95,000 for existing capital reserve funds, including $5,000 in the GIS capital reserve, $80,000 for the purchase of town vehicles and $10,000 for winter operations reserve.

The town approved the creation of two new capital reserve funds, which will be used to save funds for the future purchase of vehicles and equipment for the fire department and police department. The police fleet fund was seeded with $18,100, and the fire apparatus and equipment fund was seeded with $40,000.

Voters also gave the OK to raising funds to buy a new piece of equipment for the fire department this year – a utility alarm truck. The truck, with an extendable lift with a bucket, is expected to cost $75,000.




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